Dear Northern Lights Council Scouting Family,



For over 112 years, the Northern Lights Council has fostered positive youth development in young people by developing confidence, competence, character, caring and connection through shared experiences that are fun, challenging, and reinforce the ideals in the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. It is important now more than ever that this mission continue while also keeping pace with an ever-changing world. Reliable and sustainable funding is integral to our ability to deliver our mission.



Annually, the Northern Lights Council must raise between $480 and $520 per registered youth member to cover essential services such as camperships, recruitment support, service centers, administrative staff, a variety of insurance and camping properties, to name a few. For decades, we have relied upon the generosity of Scouting families willing to donate to the Family Friends of Scouting (FOS) Campaign to help make up a portion of that difference. Unfortunately, Family FOS contributions have continued to decline in recent years while costs continue to rise. Many units have declined to have a presentation. And although some families choose to contribute, a growing number choose not to do so.



Some units have indicated that the Family FOS presentation is disruptive during meetings. Additional feedback indicates that today’s families would prefer to know what the annual costs are upfront, and then pay one fee, as they do with many of their children’s other activities. Regardless of the reason, it appears that Family FOS has become outdated, and we need to shift to a different business model. Therefore, based on numerous discussions and review by volunteer leadership, effective August 1, 2022, the Northern Lights Council will be discontinuing the Family FOS program and will not be conducting unit presentations and solicitations going forward. Rather, an Annual Council fee of $36 per youth member will be assessed during recharter, additionally, new members who join after August 2022 will be assessed a $3.00 per month prorated Annual Council fee through December.



The council fee will be in addition to the annual youth and adult fees required by National BSA which are estimated to be $75 for 2023 raising annual recharter fees to $111 per youth member. The annual Council fee will replace the $4.00 Insurance fee for youth members. No council fees will be assessed for registered adults, and adults will continue to pay the $4.00 insurance fee.



You may undoubtedly have some questions regarding this change. We have attached an FAQ which should answer some of your questions. You can also contact Scout Executive, Richard McCartney at at any time.




Yours in Scouting,


Tim Tello, Council President

Steve Shark, Council Commissioner

Richard McCartney, Scout Executive/CEO



Additional Info:

  • The subscription for Scout’s Life is still $12 annually.
  • As always, camperships and financial assistance are available. 

2023 Scouts BSA Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

APO Eagles the Eagle Scout Alumni Association of Alpha Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity (APO), and National Affiliate of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is proud to announce the creation of a new Scholarship for college-bound scouts. The Leaders of Service Scholarship program seeks to recognize Scouts who have demonstrated they are leaders, are friends with all, and are of service to the communities in which they live.

Between $2,000 and $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to Eagle Scouts who have shown active participation in school, Scouting activities, and community service. In addition, they will have demonstrated a commitment to Leadership Friendship & Service. The first award for this program will be made in June 2022 with recognition of the winner(s) and national finalists during the Fall Semester.

Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest attainable rank in Scouting. Scouts must demonstrate proficiency in leadership, service, and outdoor skills at multiple levels before achieving the Eagle Scout rank; fewer than 4 percent of Scouts earn the coveted rank. Over the past century, the hard-earned rank has become widely recognized—both in and outside of Scouting—as a mark of distinction. This scholarship will reward those who have gone above and beyond.

APO, was founded by Scouts for Scouts — transporting the Scouting commitment to service into college, where service projects are a great way to give back, make friends and strengthen résumés. This program seeks to enhance and enable that connection between the high school and college experiences by growing a commitment to service.

Funding for this scholarship comes from the membership of the APO Eagles Association. Several generous donations and matching funds have gotten this started. Fundraising efforts are currently underway to fund this program. Information on how to donate can be found on or by contacting

Printable Flyer

About Alpha Phi Omega

Alpha Phi Omega is the single most represented co-educational intercollegiate service organization in the United States.  Since 1925, more than 500,000 members on over 375 campuses continue to provide more service on more campuses than any other collegiate service organization. Alpha Phi Omega teaches through the principles of LeadershipFriendship, and Service that we are architects of our own ambitions and that each of us has the opportunity to develop ourselves to be whatever we seek to be.

About NESA

The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) allows Eagle Scout alumni to continue to stay in touch with BSA programs, hear positive stories about the BSA’s impact on the community, and learn the latest methods provided by Scouting to transform the lives of young men & women through the tenets of leadership, character development, citizenship, and physical fitness. NESA is also an outlet for alumni to network and collaborates with one another under the common banner of Scouting, which may include increasing business connections and participating in service to the BSA or other organizations.

Alpha Phi Omega
National Service Fraternity
1441 East 104th Street Ste 105
Kansas City, MO 64131

Ph: 816-373-8667

New phone system

We are working to improve our service and communication to our units. As a part of this we are moving to a new phone system.  We are experiencing some transition pains this week.  We apologize if you have not been able to connect or your call is dropped during this transition. We hope to have all issues resolved this week.

Council Strip Patch Design Contest

The Northern Lights Council is looking to design a new Council Shoulder Patch, and we would like YOU to help. We are looking for an original design that capture the spirit, energy, and excitement of Scouting in our Council. All submissions are welcome from Scouts, Scouters and alumni of Northern Lights Council!

You can enter your “design” of a new Council patch by March 31 for consideration.

All designs must include:
  1. The Scouting Fleur-de-lis
  2. Must include “Northern Lights Council”
  3. Something that represents the four states we serve
  4. Must fit the approved BSA CSP shape template
  1. BSA Brand Guidelines
  2. Logos
  3. Printable Flyer

The winning entry will be announced on April 30, 2022 at the Council Convention opening session.  All those that attend the Council Convention will receive one of the free Council strip patches in the mail after they arrive in May.

You can enter your “design” of a new Council patch by March 31, 2022, for consideration. Please email a photo or digital file and the name of the artist to the Northern Lights Council by email to:

National Jamboree 2023 Announced

Join us for the Scouting adventure of a lifetime!

On September 29th the Boy Scouts of America announced that the next National Scout Jamboree will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia July 19-28, 2023. More than just a gathering of Scouts, the Jamboree will provide High Adventure programming, a chance to meet Scouts from around the country, and so much more. Many of you have waited years for the opportunity to attend a Jamboree, and we are excited to offer a local contingent that will help you reach this Scouting milestone. We hope that you will consider joining us as we plan and take part in a memorable Scouting adventure!

Learn more and sign up to get information at:

New Scout BSA Recruitment plans announced

We are excited to announce some great new resources and a fun incentive for all troops to work on growing their troop with a recruitment event for 5th and 6th graders!

New in 2022: Troops that conduct confirmed spring recruitment by submitting a completed plan (the last page of this packet) in advance of recruitment will receive early access to register their unit for merit badges and classes at Camp Wilderness in 2022.

Get full details and resources at: